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DAY 1Monday, 15 May 2023



Olivia Lazard, Fellow, Carnegie Europe


DAY 2 – Tuesday, 16 May 2023


Doors Open and Registration


Welcome by David Rose and Bernd Schäfer, CEO, Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials


How the Critical Raw Materials Act will impact Europe

Europe’s raw materials sector potential represents one of the biggest economic opportunities of a generation. The Critical Raw Materials Act is expected to reform the industry, strengthen the technological advantage, and allow Europe to compete globally on a level playing field. European Commission leaders outline how the Act will increase Europe’s resilience, security and in the end, benefit society.

How the Critical Raw Materials Act will impact Europe

Europe’s raw materials sector potential represents one of the biggest economic opportunities of a generation. The Critical Raw Materials Act is expected to reform the industry, strengthen the technological advantage, and allow Europe to compete globally on a level playing field. European Commission leaders outline how the Act will increase Europe’s resilience, security and in the end, benefit society.

  • Kerstin Jorna, Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

  • Hildegard Bentele, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), MEP

  • Bernd Schäfer, CEO, Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials


Mapping future supply needs

Watch leading academics, data statisticians, industry chiefs, and European geological survey experts debate and calculate the amounts of minerals needed to achieve the Green Deal goals and prepare for unexpected supply disruptions. With raw materials markets opening and others closing, understanding Europe’s true mineral potential, along with the skyrocketing industry-by-industry demands, this panel lays out the most important factors at play. Given the exponential rise in raw materials needed, how will Europe meet the demand for raw materials across all value chains?

  • Christophe Poinssot, Deputy CEO and Scientific Director, BRGM 

  • Ingrid Jörg, President Aerospace & Transportation, Constellium

  • Marie-Christine Hahn, Vice-president for Corporate External Affairs, Aurubis

  • Matti Hietanen, CEO, Finnish Minerals Group

  • Simon Michaux, Associate Professor, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)

  • Tae-Yoon Kim, World Energy Outlook Analyst, IEA

Moderated by David Rose


Coffee Break


Rethinking raw materials import overdependency

The World Economic Forum’s 2023 global risks report highlighted the potential geopolitical tensions that could develop over the exploitation of critical minerals leading to corrosion of global security. 
This session highlights the progress of Europe’s foreign diversification strategy and the impact of shifting global dynamics as a result of government policies like the US Inflation Reduction Act and the Critical Raw Materials Act. This global panel will address the radical shift needed to challenge the current trade model of heavy dependency on unreliable nations, and the financial incentives needed for this to happen.

  • Leopoldo Rubinacci, Deputy Director General for Trade, European Commission

  • Ellen Lenny-Pessagno, Global Vice President External Affairs and Sustainability, Energy Storage, Albemarle Corporation

  • Henrike Hahn, Member of the European Parliament

  • Laurent Jara, Vice President of Metallic Materials Procurement, Airbus and on behalf of ASD (Aerospace, Security and Defence Industries Association)

  • Sam Riggall, Managing Director & CEO, Sunrise Energy Metals

Moderated by David Rose and Mark Rachovides, President Emeritus, Euromines




Europe’s supply chain potential – Lithium case study

This session demonstrates Europe’s immense potential regarding resources and innovation know-how.  A leading panel will examine the Lithium sector and how conditions for reaching social acceptance enable mining and raw materials extraction practices and refining to be achieved responsibly. Speakers will be interviewed on this great resource and innovation example and how it can be leveraged further.

  • Alan Parte, Lithium Projects Vice President - Performance Minerals EMEA, Imerys

  • Dirk Harbecke, Chairman, Rock Tech Lithium

  • Hannu Hautala, CEO, Keliber

  • Julien Masson, VP of Group Strategy, Eramet

  • Michael Schmidt, Economic Geologist & Senior Analyst, German Mineral Resources Agency (DERA) - Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR)

Moderated by David Rose and Patrick D’Hugues, Scientific Program Director (Mineral Resources and Circular Economy), BRGM


Global viewpoint on Europe’s investment potential

A robust European raw materials industry will require unprecedented levels of investment. Global investors are looking for new ESG-centric markets to bolster their global investment portfolios at a time of constantly shifting global dynamics. Chinese and US subsidies are deploying aggressive strategies, rolling out the red carpet to EU cleantech companies and talent. How long can Europe continue to stagnate? This panel will provide a frank assessment of Europe’s investment attractiveness, the impact of the CRMA and determine how to increase investment confidence for the vast market potential that exists.

  • Brian Tobin, CEO, Vice Chair, BMO Financial Group

  • Cilia Ruinen, Managing Director - Head of Metals, Mining & Fertilisers EMEA, ING

  • Felicitas Riedl, Director of the Innovation and Competitiveness department-Projects Directorate, EIB

  • Hauke Burkhardt, Head of Trade Finance & Lending DACH and Global Co-Head of Lending, Deutsche Bank

  • Stefan Müller, CEO, DGWA


Moderated by David Rose


Coffee Break


Five nation line-up to present new International partnerships and opportunities 

In addition to boosting domestic supplies, Europe must collaborate with foreign, like-minded partners to secure its supply of critical raw materials for Europe, which means identifying joint strategic opportunities now. This multi-nation line-up of Government Officials and Geological Survey leaders will present a dynamic overview of their nations’ raw material opportunities ranging from infrastructure, investment and skills potential for European industry.  Within this, speakers will issue a call for joint investment and collaboration.

Following this, Summit participants are invited to submit their interests and availability, which will be followed up with a special introduction meeting convened by the European Commission and EIT RawMaterials.

Opening Keynote:

  • ​Cecile Billaux, Head of Unit, Micro-economic Analysis, Investment Climate, Private Sector, Trade and Employment, DG INTPA, European Commission​


  • Al-Farabi Ydyryshev, Director General, National Centre for Technology Foresight, Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development, Kazakhstan

  • Henrik Schiellerup, Director for Resources and Environment at the Geological Survey of Norway

  • Jocelyn Douhéret, Director of Mining Policies at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forest, Government of Québec

  • Justin Vaïsse, Founder and Director-General, Paris Peace Forum

  • Roman Opimakh, Director General, State Geological Survey of Ukraine

  • Thomas Lauridsen, Chief Advisor, Ministry of Mineral Resources and Justice, Greenland

Moderated by David Rose and Peter Handley, Deputy to the Director, Head of Unit, DG Grow, European Commission


Navigating the European energy crisis

Soaring energy prices have set back the energy-intensive industrial sectors in Europe. A panel discussion will assess the impact on European industries, smelter closures, the carbon border tax mechanism, and how Europe can remain an attractive environment for investment. The panel will also reflect on the benefits of a domestic raw materials and chemical industry and the view of OEMs. How can Europe rebuild and sustain its industrial base, secure its supply of raw materials and advanced materials, and how does the shift towards the emerging hydrogen economy factor in?

  • Aleksandra Cholewa, Director of Investment & Development, Luma Holding Ltd. & Governance Board Member, European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)

  • Paul Voss, Director General, European Aluminium

  • Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe

  • Victoire de Margerie, Founder & Vice Chairman, World Materials Forum


Networking, Drinks and Light Refreshments


DAY 3 – Wednesday, 17 May 2023


Doors Open and Registration


LIVE STREAM: Why Europe must embrace the return of Raw Materials 

For responsible mining to take off in Europe, it must provide full assurances to inspire a broader consensus of its need and role. It must also face up to the misconceptions, sensitivities and long road ahead surrounding all aspects of mining and processing. Leading communications, NGOs, and industry experts will outline from first-hand experiences the fundamental importance of social license to operate (SLO) measures and how mindful communications strategies will heighten understanding of raw materials’ contribution towards Europe’s future security, public health and prosperity.

​Keynote Speaker - Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, European Commission

  • Joshua Meyer,  EVP Mining Service, FLSmidth

  • Julia Poliscanova, Senior Director, Vehicles and E-mobility, Transport & Environment

  • Maria Wetterstrand,  CEO, Miltton Europe

  • Petr Palkovsky, President & CEO, Euro Lithium

  • Ruben Shiffman, Executive Chairman, Greenland Resources

  • Stefan Debruyne, Director of External Affairs, SQM


Skills for the Critical Raw Materials and Net Zero Industry Agendas 

Europe’s raw materials sector will require 1.2 million new jobs by 2030 in the e-mobility and renewables sectors.  But Europe faces an acute skills shortage and lags behind in providing modernized education and training for the ever-expanding raw materials workforce.  Experts outline the required skillsets companies should prepare for, how Europe’s education institutions view the future of the ‘skills build’ for industry, and how the new Raw Materials Academy will contribute to this as well as the novel approaches taking place that are putting Deep Tech at its core.

  • Antonius Schröder, Social Scientist, TU Dortmund 

  • Constantine Karayannopoulos, CEO, Neo Performance Materials

  • Egbert Holthuis, Head of Unit -  Jobs and Skills - Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Director General for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion

  • Jan Eggert, Head of Education, EIT RawMaterials

  • Saeed Chelgani, Director, Swedish School of Mines

Moderated by David Rose


Coffee Break


Energy Transition and Raw Materials – connecting the dots 

This is a pivotal moment for Europe. EU must reassess its own industrial and energy strategy. In order to shift to a net zero energy production, domestic capacities for renewable energies need to be ramped up as defined in the Net Zero Act. Once the leading producer of solar power generation systems, Europe must re-establish a resilient and diversified value chain for this emerging industry.
This session explores how policymakers, energy providers and materials manufacturers will work together to boost production levels and achieve the energy transition targets.

  • Joaquim Nunes De Almeida, Director, European Comission

  • Michele Bologna, Head of European Affairs, Enel Group

  • Peter Wenzel, CEO, PCC SE

  • Sandra Detzer, Green MP for the constituency of Ludwigsburg, Member of the German Bundestag

Moderated by Massimo Gasparon, Director of ERMA, EIT RawMaterials


The emergence of a world-leading rare earth industry in Europe

In 2021, under the umbrella of the European Raw Materials Alliance, industry and academics jointly published a European Call for Action to promote an integrated, domestic Rare Earth Magnets and Motors value chain. Since then, a significant number of rare earth investment cases that cover the full value chain have been announced. Furthermore, the inclusion by the European Commission within the Critical Raw Materials Act (CRMA) to strengthen the domestic rare earth permanent magnets value chain, gives this sector more strategic prominence than ever. This panel will identify the next key steps needed for Europe to drive the emergence of a vibrant, world-leading rare earth industry.

  • Alexander Barcza, VP Permanent Magnets, Vacuumschmelze

  • Alf Reistad, CEO, Rare Earth Norway

  • Francesco Ghezzi, PhD Student Sustainability Management

  • Frédéric Carencotte, CEO CARESTER and CareMag

  • Laura Casuscelli, Senior Trade Advisor, WindEurope

  • Vasileios Tsianos, Director of Corporate Development, NeoPerformance Materials

Moderated by Roland Gauß, Head of Innovation and Business Intelligence, EIT RawMaterials




Circular Economy needs a radical shift

Circular Economy needs a more radical shift. End-of-life product regulation, so-called “waste”, must be considered as a resource for new product cycles, and losses and stocks of unused materials must be minimised along the entire raw materials value chains. Lost business opportunities must be re-considered to define the best circular solution from a systems point of view. The CRMs Act will provide relevant tools and actions to foster and accelerate this change from linear to circular thinking but does it go far enough?

  • Cathérine Ricou, Chief Innovation Officer, VEOLIA

  • Frank Daufenbach, Chief Strategy Officer, Umicore

  • Justo Garcia, Head of Financing Strategy - Battery Project, Orano

  • Manuel Mengoni, Circular Economy Advisor to the Minister of Economic Affairs of Wallonia Region

  • Markus Reuter, Chief Expert, SMS Group

  • Mattia Pellegrini, Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission

Moderated by David Rose and Eric Pirard, Université de Liège


Stories of breakthrough materials innovation

We hear from those who made it. The Innovation Community of EIT RawMaterials is one of the cornerstones of Europe’s intent to drive innovation in Critical Materials using Horizon Europe funding. Disruptive innovators present their inspiring stories on how they benefited from support in a public-private partnership and how their technology will change society. The panel comprises leaders of the European Commission, a large mining tech provider, a startup deploying disruptive cooling technology using solid rare earth coolants, and a research group developing the latest battery recycling technologies. 

  • Anna Vanderbruggen, Scientist and EIT Awards Winner 2022

  • Åsa Gabrielsson, Vice President Research & Development, Underground division, EPIROC

  • Lina Arbelaez, Head of Decarbonisation Ventures, Anglo American

  • Peter Dröll, Director Prosperity, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

  • Rodrigo Martins, Director, CEMOP UNINOVA

  • Timur Sirman, Co-CEO, Magnotherm Solutions

Moderated by David Rose and Katharina Löckinger, Head of Corporate Communications, DGWA


Coffee Break


Eastern and Southeastern Europe spotlight

Eastern and Southeastern Europe are getting noticed. Not only is it a vibrant hub for exploration, mining, mineral and metallurgical processing of key raw materials, with opportunities in lithium, boron and other strategic and critical raw materials emerging, but it is also a region where recycling and re-use of secondary raw materials represents a great opportunity. Leading experts will discuss their views and experiences with investment projects and frameworks that are turning Eastern and Southeastern Europe’s ambitions into a serious global player.

  • Christos Balaskas, General Manager and VP, Eldorado Gold

  • Colin Mackey, Managing Director Jadar and European Operations, Rio Tinto

  • Dominic Roberts, Head of Corporate Affairs, Adriatic Metals 

  • Tetiana Dzhumurat, Principal Banker, EBRD

Moderated by Krzysztof Kubacki, Innovation Hub Director, EIT RawMaterials and Mark Rachovides, President Emeritus, Euromines


The European Critical Raw Materials Act: a national perspective

A leading panel of thought leaders from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria and Sweden will highlight challenges, opportunities and the realities it will take to secure EU critical raw materials supplies to implement the green and digital at national level.
Within the context of the Critical Raw Materials Act, the speakers will provide their views on which are the most important elements to effectively implementing the CRM ACT at national level, how to better approach the key dimension of permitting, SLO and the financing framework, and how the innovation pipeline in the raw materials sector can contribute to delivering on the Green Deal.

  • Åsa Jackson, Executive Vice President People and Sustainability, Boliden

  • Franziska Brantner, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and Member of the German Bundestag 

  • Benjamin Gallezot, Interdepartmental Delegate for Strategic Ores and Metals Procurement, French Ministry 

  • Jacqueline Vaessen, Chair of Top Sector Chemistry, the Netherlands 

  • Roman Stiftner, Managing Director of the Austrian Mining and Steel Association and the Austrian Non-Ferrous Metals Federation within the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, VP at Euromines and SecGen at EUMICON

Moderated by David Rose


Conclusion and Wrap Up


David Rose and Bernd Schäfer, CEO, Managing Director, EIT RawMaterials


Networking, Drinks and Light Refreshments

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